Farmhouse Friday 2/16/18

Happy Friday! How was your week? Ours was filled with too much sugar and more than a little bit of excitement. Garrett's sister, Naysa started a big kitchen renovation, and we're super excited to get our hands dirty.  This is the sister that stayed up with us into the wee hours of the night painting shelves and moving rugs until they were juuust … [Continue reading...]


Inspiration for Sticking to your Renovation Budget and Being Generally Smart with Money

Last week we published our budget for the Porch House powder bathroom (you can see that here) and I wanted to get back to the topic of money today. For those of us who own and love old homes, there can be an interesting intersection where renovations and life finances meet. Like the saying goes, an old home can be a money pit if you're not careful. … [Continue reading...]


Farmhouse Master Bedroom Update // How We’re Surviving Winter

THE FARMHOUSE This post is sponsored by Leesa, a company we have used and loved for years. Thank you for supporting the brands that support the Grit and Polish. Use discount code GRITANDPOLISH when you checkout at Leesa!  Our Farmhouse master bedroom has seen a lot of small, seasonal changes since we first decorated it last Fall. And this … [Continue reading...]


Farmhouse Friday 2/9/18

Happy Friday! What a whirlwind of a week it was. Our pilot aired on HGTV last Saturday, and while it was a momentous occasion - one we'd worked towards on and off for 3 years - it was over in a flash. On Sunday we were back to dealing with our rental properties, wrangling kids, and visiting late into the night with friends :) We'll definitely … [Continue reading...]

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Our Favorite Kitchen Renovations To Date

We'll be getting into the Porch House kitchen renovation here on the blog soon, but before we do, I wanted to take a trip down memory lane. Garrett and I have renovated 7 kitchens to date - 5 of which we've lived in - and we've each liked and disliked different things about them. Functionality, finishes, all plays a role in the … [Continue reading...]


Porch House // What the Powder Bathroom Cost + Budget Tips

THE PORCH HOUSE   The powder bathroom budget is part 5 of our Porch House powder bath series. You can read more here: design, why we added a powder bathroom, 8 great wallpapers, and the reveal.  Last week I showed you one of my all-time favorite renovations, the powder bathroom at the Porch House. This little space is a beautiful jewel box … [Continue reading...]


Our HGTV Pilot “Master Plan” Aired! (and here’s how to watch it)

If you missed our quick media blitz on Saturday, our HGTV pilot, Master Plan, aired! Our Porch House renovation // project featured on HGTV's master plan I woke up from a nap on Saturday (a weekend luxury for this tired mama) to find a text message from a friend saying that our show had already aired in California and would air in Washington … [Continue reading...]


Farmhouse Friday 2/2/18

Happy Friday! How is your February going? As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we've been missing a few things about city life lately (you can read about that here), but there are so many great things about small town living too. So today I wanted to share a little bit about that. For those of you who are new to the Grit and Polish, Garrett and I live … [Continue reading...]


Farmhouse Living // Ten Great Bedtime Stories For Your little Valentine

THE FARMHOUSE Happy February! Excitement is high around here with anticipation for Valentines Day. Okay, mainly it's just me, but my goodness how kids make this holiday fun! Valentines Day used to be little more than an excuse to buy a nice steak, but 3 kids later and it's one of my very favorite holidays.  Our 4-year-old is getting into the … [Continue reading...]